The characteristic of being doleful; sadness.(noun)
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Use "dolefulness" in a sentence
"The howling continued for a long while, filling the air of that sombre night with a new kind of dolefulness and horror."
"The last part of the drive on a road causewayed through the endless mangrove swamp impresses the imagination strongly by its dolefulness."
"Not that nature was reinforcing the dolefulness, that old pathetic fallacy; no, the haze was man-made, for thousands of small fires were burning in England, consuming the clothes and the homes and the bodies of the stricken."